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Hawaii Capable of Running on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Policy changes are required in order to meet 100 percent clean energy goals.
April 24, 2015

Hawaii Capable of Running on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Maui HomeThe Environmental Council Annual Report for 2014 has revealed that Hawaii is capable of generating all its electrical power and transportation fuels from renewable energy, which will likely lead to new goals that reflect that potential. Where transportation is concerned, the report emphasized that new policies and procedures are needed if we are going to reduce the use of fossil fuels. From a Maui home owner's perspective, both changes will impact the cost of living on the island, which will hopefully be for the better, as intended.

Conveniently, ours is not the only state with clean energy goals. Federal Clean Air Act mandates have spurred other states into action to find innovative ways to meet new standards. For example, congestion-management tools, public-private partnerships that encourage car pooling, efforts toward enhancing public transit and pedestrian bicycle infrastructure, and reducing fees to promote alternative transportation. The most successful changes in other states can be added to Hawaii's efforts.

As dependent as we are on imported fossil fuels, Hawaii is certainly among the most motivated states when it comes to energy efficiency, and our strides are likely to serve as a model to other states in turn. Many aren't aware of this, but Hawaii is actually the largest consumer of fossil fuels per capita in the nation. On the plus side, this is also the only place in the world where we can harvest all four primary types of renewable energy, which are solar, wind, geothermal and wave. Our isolation is a powerful motivator towards making use of those energy sources, and there is no better place for pioneer technology in renewable energy.

It looks like the target year for reaching 100 percent renewable energy would be 2040, and considering how fast we've made gains so far, meeting this goal doesn't seem unlikely.

We hope you have found this informative for your long-term plans regarding Maui real estate investments and our cost of living. If you need assistance navigating the market, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for April 2015

Hawaii Capable of Running on 100 Percent Clean Energy

Posted on April 24, 2015
Hawaii Capable of Running on 100 Percent Clean Energy

The Environmental Council Annual Report for 2014 has revealed that Hawaii is capable of generating all its electrical power and transportation fuels from renewable energy, which will likely lead to new goals that reflect that potential. Where transportation is concerned, the report… Continue Reading

Maui Home Sales Spike in March

Posted on April 17, 2015
Maui Home Sales Spike in March

The Realtors Association of Maui has recently released its monthly real estate statistics report for the county. Looking into the trends revealed in the report is a great way to stay abreast of changes in the market for Maui real estate buyers and sellers alike.… Continue Reading

New Kahului Airport Development

Posted on April 10, 2015
New Kahului Airport Development

For those of you who are on the island scouting out Maui real estate, you may be interested to know about the upcoming changes to Kahului Airport. We're about to see some major development that will involve a consolidated car rental facility on a 17-acre plot to… Continue Reading

New Home Sales Highest in Seven Years

Posted on April 03, 2015
New Home Sales Highest in Seven Years

Based on a recent report from the Census Bureau, new single-family homes have spiked to their highest level in seven years. This is encouraging news, not only for the health of the real estate market, but for the construction industry, which is an important… Continue Reading

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